November 22–24: Weekend tips for Bonn and the region

November 22–24 : Weekend tips for Bonn and the region

Winter is just around the corner and the first Christmas markets in Bonn and the region are opening. Our overview shows the fun and interesting events that can be found this coming weekend, with plenty of activities that include concerts and exhibitions, if you want to escape the cold.

Friday, November 22nd

Bonn Christmas Market

The Christmas tree in the market square is in place and the first stalls have been set up: On Friday, the Christmas market in Bonn's city centre opens. Until 23 December, more than 170 stalls will be open daily from 11 a.m. On Eternity Sunday (24 November), the Christmas market will, however, be closed.

Where: Bonn city centre

When: Friday from 11 am

Photo exhibition '50 Jahre Wachtberg' (50 years of Wachtberg)

This last summer, the Wachtberger celebrated the 50th birthday of their community with a large procession. To mark the anniversary, the photo exhibition in the Wachtberger town hall can be visited until the end of December. Pictures of photographers from the Fotoclub Wachtberg will be on display.

Where: Rathausstraße 34, 53343 Wachtberg, Germany

When: Daily from 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon.

Further information:

Song Trang at the GOP Bonn

Since the beginning of November the GOP Theatre in Bonn has a new show. In cooperation with the “Vietnam Circus Federation” the show offers an insight into the Vietnamese soul, with 13 artists. Three more shows will take place on Saturday and Sunday.

Where: GOP Varieté-Theater Bonn, Karl-Carstens-Straße 1, 53113 Bonn, Germany

When: Friday, from 6 and 9 pm.

Admission: Tickets available from 23.10 euros at Bonnticket

Contact: (0228) 42 24 141,

Captain Book in Bonn

The Rheinische reading festival Käpt'n Book offers children and young people many different events on the subject of books over a period of several weeks. In addition to numerous readings by authors, theatre and musical events are also on the programme for the final weekend. Manfred Mai and Martin Lenz play, sing and read in the Lannesdorf library.

Where: KÖB Heart of Jesus, Lindstraße 1, 53177 Bonn, Germany

When: Friday, 11.30 am

Contact: 0228 943 1256 and

Further programme:

Saturday, November 23rd

Medieval market in Siegburg

The Christmas Market in Bonn is not the only one to open at the weekend: in Siegburg, visitors to the medieval market can embark on a journey through time. In addition to hearty dishes and warming drinks, master craftsmen and jugglers also show off their skills. After the opening on Saturday, the Christmas Market will be open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until 22 December, and until 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

Where: Siegburg Market Square, 53721 Siegburg

When: Friday from 11 am

Contact: 02241 10275 33 and

Sunday, November 24th

Fourth Bonn Book Fair

The Bonn Book Fair will take place for the fourth time in the Brotfabrik in Beuel. Bookworms will be able to gain insight into literature from Bonn and the region. 30 authors, publishers and institutions will present their works.

Where: Brotfabrik Bonn, Kreuzstraße 16, 53225 Bonn, Germany

When: Sunday, from 1 pm to 6 pm

Admission: free

Highlights 2019 in Bonn

Each year, the winning entries of the nature photo competition are chosen and then exhibited throughout Germany. Since the beginning of September they can be seen in the Museum Koenig in Bonn. Come and marvel at these impressive photographs.

Where: Museum Alexander Koenig, Adenauerallee 160, 53113 Bonn, Germany

When: Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm

Admission: Museum admission from 2.50 euros

Contact: (0228) 91 220,

Additional events:

Exhibition: "Impressions of the Maghreb": Photographs from Gisela Ries und Helmut Oberritter.

Where: Bezirksbibliothek Bad Godesberg, Bad Godesberg, Moltkestr. 2-8/Lindeblock,

When: Friday 11 am until 1.30 pm and 2.30 pm until 6 pm. Saturday 10 am until 1 pm.

Contact: (0228) 35389

Concert: "Heaven's Basement":

Upper Cassel. Sa, 23 Nov. A number of different artists perform on one evening and present some songs in short sets. For the visitor, a varied evening is guaranteed and there is always a lot to discover. This time with: Changing Colours, Evan Freyer, Michael Kolbe and Cinnamon Trail.

Where: Kulturzentrum Altes Rathaus Oberkassel, Bonn-Beuel, Königswinterer Str. 720,

When: Sat, 7.30 pm.

Admission: free, donations welcome

Concert: Voci di Fuoco

Requiem von Schumann und Requiem von Rheinberger, with Georg Friedrich (Organ),

Where: Kirche St. Winfried, Sträßchensweg 3, Bonn

When: Saturday 23 November, 4 pm

Admission: Free, donations welcome

Contact: (0228) 539650

Pre-Christmas bazaar, fleamarket and book market, with home-made jam.

Where: Pfarrsaal St. Sebastian, Sternenburgstr. 27

When: Sunday, 11.30 am until 6 pm.

Contact: (0228) 218460


Wachtberg Nativity Play: Visit this live Christmas nativity play with horses, sheep, oxen and donkey, dog and goats. After the play, the children are allowed to pet the animals that were in the play. Food and beverages available. It is suggested to dress warmly, including warm shoes and perhaps to even bring a blanket.

Where: Riding Hall of the “Reitstalls Welsch”, Villiper Weg 26, Wachtberg-Arzdorf

When: Saturday, 7 December and Sunday 8 December at 5 pm

Tickets: adults (from age 16) 5 euros. These can be ordered at: or purchased at the event.

Suggestions for museums and exhibitions in Bonn and surroundings:

Arp Museum Bahnhof Rolandseck Exhibitions: A current schedule can be found on the website (English): Hans-Arp-Allee 1, 53424 Remagen, (02228) 94250

Bundeskunsthalle Exhibitions: A current listing and opening hours can be found on the website (English) Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4, (0228) 91710

Deutsches Museum Bonn: A current listing can be found on the website: (English), Bad Godesberg, Ahrstr. 45, 10am–6pm, (0228) 302255, For more information on children’s programmes: (0228) 302 256

Kunstmuseum: A current listing can be found on the website (English).Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 2, 11am-6pm, (0228) 776260

LVR Landesmuseum: A current listing can be found here: times on website (English). Colmanstr. 14-16, (0228) 2070351

You can also check out the following cinemas, which normally offer at least a couple of films in English.

Films labeled with OV (Original version) or Omu (Original version with German subtitles) are generally in English unless otherwise noted, i.e. (Russ) = Russian, (Frz) = French.

Kinopolis, Moltkestr. 7–9, Bad Godesberg:

Woki cinema, Bertha-von-Suttner-Platz 1–7, Bonn:

Brotfabrik, Kreuzstrasse 16, Bonn-Beuel:

Metropolis, Ebertplatz 19, Cologne:

Odeon-Lichtspieltheater, Severinstraße 81, Cologne:

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(Original text:, ck; translation: John Chandler)